The Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project may result in the taking of hundreds of properties.

Important Update

TriMet’s planned Southwest Corridor Project is currently on hold after voters failed to pass Measure 26-218, which would have funded the Project. In the next few months, TriMet plans to complete the Final Environmental Impact Statement, which will detail the precise route and plans of the expected Project. According to TriMet, it will advance the Project to a point where it can be effectively restarted at a future date when funds become available. Olsen Barton will continue monitoring the Project and provide additional updates on this site.


Learn about the potential impacts to your property and your right to just compensation.

The Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project may result in the taking of hundreds of properties.

Important Update

TriMet’s planned Southwest Corridor Project is currently on hold after voters failed to pass Measure 26-218, which would have funded the Project. In the next few months, TriMet plans to complete the Final Environmental Impact Statement, which will detail the precise route and plans of the expected Project. According to TriMet, it will advance the Project to a point where it can be effectively restarted at a future date when funds become available. Olsen Barton will continue monitoring the Project and provide additional updates on this site.


Learn about the potential impacts to your property and your right to just compensation.

Project Overview

The Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project is a significant transit project that may extend transportation services, including a new MAX line, from downtown Portland to Bridgeport Village. The Project includes over 11 miles of a new MAX light rail line that may be constructed along major arteries including SW Barbur Boulevard and Upper Boones Ferry Road. The Project is estimated to cost $2.8 billion. When the Projects proceeds, it will require the taking of hundreds of properties, in whole or part. In order to take the properties, TriMet will need to exercise its power of eminent domain.

Project Details

Numerous state and local entities plan to partner on the Southwest Corridor Project including the Cities of Portland, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin, Beaverton, Durham, King City, as well as Washington County, TriMet, Metro, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. When the Project commences, the planned construction includes 13 new light rail stations and new park and ride lots accommodating up to 3,600 parking spaces. There will be significant impacts to property owners along the 11-mile route.

Project Updates

November 2020 – Funding measure 26-218 fails, placing the Project on hold.

August 2020Conceptual Design Report (Final Draft) released for the Project.

August 2018 – Project steering committee recommends a preferred alternative route including a proposed alternative routes along Barbur Boulevard, including the planned Barbur transit center, as well as a planned route near Bonita Road. The full recommendation can be accessed here.

June 2018Draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) released for the Project.

Project Timeline

The current estimated timeline for the Southwest Corridor Light Rail project includes:

Spring/Summer 2021

Final Environmental Review

Final environmental review culminating in the final Environmental Impact Statement.

To Be Determined

Ongoing Design and Engineering

To Be Determined

Funding

To Be Determined

Construction

To Be Determined

Service Begins

Impacted Properties

When funded, the Project will necessitate significant construction along the planned 11-mile route, resulting in various impacts to adjacent properties ranging from temporary construction easements to the permanent taking of property. To see if your property would be targeted for taking, click the links immediately below. They will take you to detailed maps and lists of properties.

Properties Targeted for Taking (DEIS)

Conceptual Design Report

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Neil is one of Oregon’s most experienced eminent domain and condemnation lawyers. With one of the most active condemnation trial practices in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, he obtains just compensation for Olsen Barton’s clients against condemning authorities such as TriMet, ODOT, WSDOT, and various counties. He is also a regular speaker on the protection of property owners’ just compensation and due process rights when faced with takings.

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Brian’s practice focuses primarily on representing clients in a wide range of litigation matters, including eminent domain, property and business disputes, construction defect, personal injury, and medical malpractice. He also advises the firm’s business clients on a variety of topics.

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Brian previously worked at one of the largest litigation firms in Portland where his practice focused primarily on defending medical malpractice, personal injury, and premises liability claims.


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Chris’s practice focuses on real estate transactions and a wide range of litigation matters, including property and contract disputes. Chris has represented and advised, among others, property owners, buyers, sellers, real estate brokers, and homeowners associations. Chris is approved as a continuing education instructor for real estate licensees in Washington and Oregon, and regularly teaches courses to real estate professionals in all aspects of real estate law.

Chris previously worked at a boutique real estate law firm in Seattle, where his practice focused primarily on counseling real estate brokers and property owners. Chris is a 2014 graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law, where he served as an executive editor of the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation, conference co-director for the world’s oldest and largest public interest environmental law conference, and a legal research and writing tutor.


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